Darien's Visiting Nurses will hold a flu clinic at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road in Darien, on Thursday, Oct. 6, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Anyone three years of age or older can receive the seasonal flu vaccine at this clinic, and there is no residency requirement.

"The flu shot is safe and is the single most effective way to prevent influenza, decrease its complications and help stop the spread of flu," said Elaine Abrams, community health coordinator at Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County. "Anyone wishing to avoid contracting or spreading influenza should receive the flu shot prior to flu season, which usually begins in December."

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Abrams said this season's flu vaccine protects against H1N1 and two other circulating flu strains. Only one flu shot will be necessary for adults and most children.

Pneumonia vaccine will also be available for adults age 65 or older who have never previously received the pneumonia vaccine.

The flu clinic will be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis, and appointments are not necessary. Persons under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

The cost of a flu shot is $38, and $60 for the pneumonia vaccine. Cash, check, Medicare Part B and Anthem and Aetna are accepted. Bring your insurance card. Those seeking vaccines are encouraged to wear short sleeves or sleeves that are easy to roll up.

For more information, call the Flu Hotline at Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County at 203-834-6341, ext. 444, or visitt www.visitingnurse.net.